Then the rain came...
The ground became too soft to let them out. Their hooves would have made horrible tracks in the meadow and rye field, destroying the tender new growth. So...they were forced to be patient.
This is what they have to look forward to when it dries off...
Jim seeded this field of rye in the fall with two things in mind. First of all it's a cover crop; it helps to prevent erosion and puts valuable nutrients back into the soil. Second, we can graze the cows on it this spring until it's time to plant corn. At that time, the corn will be no-tilled into the ground.
For now, he will section the field off into small areas where the cows will graze on a rotating basis. I guarantee you...there will be no complaining from them on this arrangement!
Neither will there be complaints from the farmers! After two short days of grazing on the rye, the volume of milk in the tank had increased by an average of four pounds per cow, per day!
COWS + RYE = MILK !!